It is said, that once you accept it, the darkness is with you forever. While I know my Kindle will last a long time, and my reading list will be stored in the Amazon.com cloud forever, I’m not sure if I’m sworn off holding a real book for good. What I do know is, every book I want is cheaper as an electronic item than it is as a published, hardcopy, page turning version.
Here are just five of the books I’ve read and loved recently that are under ten dollars.
Thief of Hope, by Cindy Young-Turner. Keep an eye on this author. Her debut fantasy novel is the first in what should prove to be an entertaining series featuring Sydney, a pick pocketing woman unafraid of breaking the law, if necessary, to survive and protect her friends. Her quest is a noble one. Her friends are magical in more ways than one and her encounters with the Tuatha are told in vivid prose that captures the imagination. Young-Turner is getting well deserved multi-starred reviews.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. At under $5.00, you simply can’t find better entertainment. This is Survivor meets The Lottery in a struggle to the death that brings out the best in Katniss Everdeen. I read this book on a rainy Saturday afternoon and couldn’t put it down. When I finished it, in the wee hours of the morning, I immediately downloaded book two. The instant gratification of being able to move on to the next book in a series made me love my Kindle even more! This three book series is bound to end up in a movie someday with good reason. The page turning action and vivid characters are not to be missed.
The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicle Day One, by Patrick Rothfuss. The first book in the series is under $10.00. If you want to read the rest of the series — and you will — you’ll have to fork out almost $15.00, but you’ll want to read Day Two and will wait impatiently along with the rest of the fans for Day Three to come out at some unknown date in the future. An entertaining story voted one of the best in March 2011 on Amazon.com.
The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, by Richard Phillips. Self-publishing has its bright stars as well as an abundance of dim attempts at glory. The Rho Agenda series is definitely a heavenly light in the self publishing SciFi genre. You’ll want to immediately download the second book, Immune and will wait along with the rest of us for book three to come out, which shouldn’t be too long from now. I’ve read an early draft of Wormhole, and I can tell you that fans will not be disappointed.
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearn. Atticus is a thousand year-old, wise cracking druid in a handsome, twentysomething body, who conducts witty and thoroughly entertaining conversations with his dog, Oberon, and can whip together a band of paranormal friends, like vampires and werewolves, to battle Gods and demons. You might as well download Hexed and Hammered while you’re at it. No sense in waiting. All three books will cost you less than the price of one hardcover bestseller at your local bookstore.
Bottom line is, if you like to read as much as I do, chances are you spend a great deal of discretionary income on books. Like it or not, you get more bang for your buck with ebooks than you will with traditional publishing. In these days, when we’re all looking for ways to cut back on expenses, you can’t ignore the fact that it’s simply cheaper to forego the paper product for the electronic one – especially when the books out there are such great reads.